Your Community Association at Work – June 2017

Discussion at the MPCA meeting on June 13, 2017 included:

Montgomery Park Paddling Pool – The paddling pool closes August 25. Hours from Monday to Thursday are 10:30 am to 6 pm. Friday hours are 12 noon to 4:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday weekends from July 8 to August 20 (including August 7), the hours are 12 noon to 5 pm. The City policy for preschool children in parks and pools is that “For every 2 preschoolers age 5 and under, there must be 1 adult …within arm’s length, supervising the preschooler’s water play and activity.”

Trees – Thanks to the Parks Department for the new trees planted this summer. The trees with black knot fungus are scheduled for removal as time permits.

Indoor Programs – Registration for Fall MPCA programs is September 6 from 6:30 to 8 pm in the St. Dominic gym. See the schedule of classes on here. Summer fitness and yoga classes are scheduled in Montgomery Park. Fitness is 5:45-6:30 pm followed by Yoga at 6:45-7:45 pm every Tuesday to August 15. $8/class for drop-ins. Contact Candace at keepingupwiththejoneses@sasktel.net

Community Watch – Check the MPCA Facebook for lost and found items. See a report from MPCA Director Heather Chapman here.

Local Area Planning (LAP) – LAP senior planner Melissa Austin asked for opinions from Montgomery Place residents regarding land use. Deadline for the survey – July 31.  The Montgomery Place LAP is expected by the end of this year.

Transit – Thank you to Saskatoon Transit for attending the meeting and outlining transit changes. Visit transit.saskatoon.ca/2017-route-change/2017-schedules-and-routes

Community Consultant – The City offers a Free Curbside Swap on Saturday, September 9.  Place unwanted items in good condition on your property and mark them as FREE for anyone to pick-up. Remove your signs and posters at the end of the day, and return any unclaimed items to your home. To report items left out after the Swap, call the Safety and Property Maintenance at 306-975-2828.  See www.saskatoon.ca/services-residents/waste-recycling/recycling/saskatoon-curbside-swap

City Councillor Hilary Gough – The 11th Street rail crossing was the subject of two funding applications from the City of Saskatoon Transportation Department to the Federal Rail Safety Improvement Program. One of the projects was approved – a Railway Crossing Information System which will include train detectors, wireless communication and other infrastructure upgrades to help predict blockages and delays and communicate in real-time to allow for proactive route planning – especially for emergency vehicles. The project to plan grade separation (over/underpass) at 11th Street was not approved for funding and does not at this time have a funding source. This is a major priority of mine, and I want to thank everyone who continues to communicate about delays and safety concerns. Also, the road closures on 11th Street, Avenue H and Spadina Crescent at the Waterworks is not what many would have liked. The remainder of the South West Transportation Study will be considered separately. I’ve also been hearing a lot about backyard burning and possibly transitioning the way that waste collection is carried out and funded. Thank you for your feedback.

Montgomery School – School is back on Tuesday September 5.

St. Dominic School – School is back on September 5.

Next Meeting – Our meeting schedule is changing from the second Tuesday to the first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting of the Montgomery Place Community Association is Tuesday, September 5, 7 pm in the Montgomery School Library.